Lunch sponsored by Microsoft
Whoah... I really didn't expect the Web 2.0 industry to be in such a dire state as the Web 2.0 Expo seems to indicate. There's not many people here, and there's absolutely no money around. No major sponsors other than Microsoft and IBM, and I think it's a little questionable as to what they actually did to "sponsor" the show.
As far as I can see, the actual expo floor only has Microsoft and IBM (and of course O'Reilly) booths, plus a few tables on the side from small companies. The expo has been combined with larger Interop expo, to give an illusion that there's a large expo hall but a quick look through the floor reveals only one corner has anything to do with web.
Actually I think Microsoft and IBM got some type of package deals for being on the show floor... the lunch today is "sponsored" by Microsoft and the "goodie bag" was otherwise empty but it had a preview disc of Windows 7. Yay! I will see how my Mac likes it.
Speaking of sponsored lunch by the way, I am not sure if they should have put their name out there. It's the same dry piece of bread, a cookie and an apple as yesterday's non-sponsored lunch and I think it gives the visitors rather a bad impression of the sponsoring company. As in "If Microsoft sponsored this lunch, I will buy a Mac"... though I of course don't have that decision to make anyway.
Anyhow, some of the sessions have been interesting and the keynotes were yesterday rather entertaining, so it's not all bad. The conference itself it OK so far, just the state of the industry surrounding it makes me a little worried...
Web 2.0 lunch in front, Interop Cafe in the background